South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 5, February, 1974 Page: 3 of 8
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By Peggy Fortner
Comments have been made with regard to some of the
requirements for jobs listed in the Placement Bulletin. This is
especially true in the case of those requiring a specific class standing
and/or experience. Keep in mind that firms are, at all times, actively
screening for associates, even at the law clerk level.
There is no set rule stating that a firm must, upon graduation
and passage of the bar, make an offer to their law clerk. Even so.
many firms screen law clerk applicants with the idea of making such
an offer. These same firms will often spend months, as was recently
the case, in hiring someone to fill a law clerk opening, simply
because they spend as much time at this stage of screening as they
would at a later date when interviewing attorneys.
For this reason, a listing will state specific requirements. It is
important that you, as the applicant, project all the possibilities of
each listing. Hie same holds true for other positions in law offices.
First-year students employed as messengers and runners are in an
excellent position to fill law clerk vacancies in the firm during their
second year of law school. Again, no rule states that the firm must
promote you as your studies progress. However, experience shows
that firms would rather promote from within when there is an
opening. Interviewing is time-consuming for both the employer and
the employee. In conclusion, read each listing carefully, and read
into it, not only the present opening, but also what it can be
February. 1974. ANNOTATIONS. Page 3
By ROB HOPPER
How to survive in law
Call your C ontracts
Professor a son of a bitch:
seduce his daughter: get a 93 in
his course, then repair to his
Cape Cod retreat for a weekend
of libidinal sustenance and
THE PAPER CHASE
If this sounds a bit
improbable it at least represents
the first well known attempt by
Hollywood to dramati/e our
way of life since Paul Newman
played a law student trying to
break into wealthy Main Line
legal society in "The Young
Philadelphians." At that time
Philadelphia had the mythical
monopoly on legal expertise and
provided a fertile milieu for the
SBA Selects Honor Court;
Hodges and Black Top List
By DAVID SLAVIN
ANNOTATIONS Staff writer
Selection of Honor Court
Justices for the 1974 school year
took place at the regular student
Bar Association meeting held
January 25. Weldon Granger,
president of the SBA, read off
the names of the new justices
and prosecutor after closed
ballot elections were held by the
VIEW FROM THE
The vacation is over, and
even though that fact seems very
hard to sink in the new semester
has begun. The hallways of our
"Harvard on the Bayou" appear
to be a lot more crowded this
term probably due to the new
class which has arrived to take
part in the pleasures of our law
school. It is to these new
members of our student body
that Mudflats is addressed this
At South Texas there is a
game we play which is called
Frustration. It begins when one
enrolls in their first semester and
continues onward for three to
four years depending upon the
wish of the player.
The object of the
Frustration is to somehow make
it through the entire course of
the game with out going broke
or having a nervous breakdown.
Each player may choose to
carry up to 15 dredits per round
until he has accumulated a total
of 86 total dredits. Upon
reaching that goal, and if the
player maintains a suitable
overall average of 70 or more
points he or she is a winner.
Now comes the hard part. In
each round a player must choose
certain prescribed course cards.
These cards describe the path
which the player must follow to
reach the "final stop." Among
favorites of first semester players
are "Reiter's Ravine," (which is
very easy to get into but usually
takes a long time to find out if
you've made it out), "Brannon's
Jungle," (which is a very "hairy"
journey), and "Bloody Marsh"
(which can turn into quite a
mess if the player so wills it).
As the player travels along
his choosen sourse at each stop
he will collect certain facts
known as "marbles". Depending
upon how well the player plays
the game he will recieve between
55 and 100 marbles along the
way which he must carry until
the final stop. Any loss of
marbles along the way will
severly effect their final score at
the end pf the round.
Among the dangers of the
journey a player will encounter
such frustrations as pulling a
recitation card whereby the
player must balance on a
tightrope on one foot while
juggling three white elephants.
Any slip and the player loses a
turn and some marbles, if not
everything he has gained so far.
Another frustration which
the player will undoubtedly
encounter in every round of the
game is landing on NO
PARKING. The penalty for this
is obvious though many players
try to ignore it.
The real test though for the
player comes near the end of the
round during the last three hours
of play. Here the player must
put all their marbles on the table
and hope they do not fall off. It
is here that the true frustration
Each player must now give
back to the pot all the marbles
he has collected during the
round. How many marbles are
returned to him the next few
months will determine whether
or nor he has won the round.
Unfortunatly, what the
player puts in is seldom what he
gets back for as he deposits the
marbles he must choose an
Administration Card, which
entitles the player to lose a
certain percentage of his marbles
depending upon a formula which
is computed by taking the
square root of the hypotenuse of
daylight savings time divided by
three. What this comes out to is
anyone's guess. Hopefully the
final result is a passing score.
Now that you know the
rules it's time to begin the game
if you haven't already done so.
Until next month, good luck,
you'll need it.
Board of Governors at the
Elected Chief Justice was
Mark Hodges who ran as an
independent. The prosecutor for
the court will be Gary Black,
from the Delta Theta Phi
Independants elected for
associate justice positions were
George Abshicr, Larry G. Fields,
Stanley W. Piatek, and Robert
A Foster. Also elected were R.
C. Andrews, Larry Lee, Kenneth
Robison, Michael W. Langlbrd.
and Jerry C.Williams.
Representing the Phi Alpha
Delta fraternity on the court wil
be justices Gabc Frank. Ron
Block, and Tom Taylor. From
the Delts, elected justices were
Jim Trumuto, Mark Bacr, and
Students elected must have
at least 30 semester hours and be
in good standing. They must
have completed Criminal I to lie
eligible. The Chief Justice must
be in the top 15 percent of his
class and have completed or be
enrolled in Evidence.
type of value conflicts which
that film portrayed in a very
Both films are set in
Camelot and both are peopled
with beautiful archetypes caught
up in conflicts with which an
audience can more or less
identify. But w here
"Philadelphians" gave us people
making decisions and sacrifices
in response to identifiable
problems. "Paper Chase" serves
up a lukewarm and somewhat
dated p seu d o- p h i I o sophical
porrige wherein we are never
sure who has what values much
less why they conflict.
Evidently. Hart (played by
Timmothy Bottoms) was meant
to have undergone a sea change
of some sort due to the efforts
of his contracts professor's
daughter to preserve his soul
from the ravages of her father
and his dehydrated accomplices
on the law faculty.
But if anyone comes off as
needing a sea change it's the
daughter, not Hart. Hart has
heart: Susan has her childhood
memories and a child's myopia.
One hopes at film's end that
she's sufficiently placated by
Hart's having cast his unopened
grades into the sea thai she'll get
off his back next semester and
let him study.
"The Paper Chase" is
humorous and entertaining, and
I think John Houseman deserves
at least an Academy Award
nomination for his portrayal of
the dread contracts professor.
But if you're looking for some
insight into our future judges,
you're better off reading the law
# Frosh Help! Week Feb. 4-8
# Rush Party -- Feb. 9
§ Election of Officers -• Feb. 26
O Election of New Members -- Mar. 5
O Initiation -- Mar. 24
§ Seminars with Distinguished Jurists &
Attorneys throughout the Semester
0 Freshman Course Reviews - End of
PHI ALPHA DELTA is more than just another Social Club.
Our emphasis is on professionalism through social and formal
contacts both among ourselves and with outstanding members of
the legal profession. It takes a little more to go P.A.D.; but if
you're looking for more than just a drinking buddy, take a look
at Phi Alpha Delta.
pIjt Alptja SHta
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